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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011

Sun sea and psyche

We had one day to spare and Aiden, Neil McAdie from Rab and I were all keen for a day hit somewhere. The forecast said ‘west was best’ and so we set off from the Peak at 6.30am, aiming for Rhoscolyn on Anglesey in the hope of dry rock and sun. On the way there the car’s temperature gauge said minus 2 and a thick frost was everywhere.

It felt as though we should be heading to the mountains for some winter action, but a few hours later and the sun soon warmed us up enough for just t-shirts and we climbed great routes in brilliant sunshine.

Icarus (HVS), The Sun (E3 5c), Warpath (E5 6a), with its committing pull through the roof and strenuous headwall, followed by Mask of the Red Death (E3 5c) and The Savage Sunbird (E2 5b) were all ticked before the cloud rolled in around 4pm, just as the forecast predicted. With it getting dark just after 4.30pm this didn’t matter and we were all well chuffed with the day. The drive back had rain and traffic jams but it was all worth it… now bring on winter!

James Turnbull works in the Outside Rock Room in Hathersage.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
By James Turnbull
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